Category: Blu-Ray / HD DVD

Panasonic announce 4K OLED FZ800 and FZ950 TVs & DP-UB820 Ultra HD Blu-ray at CES 2018

Panasonic doesn’t get as much attention as LG, Samsung, and LG, but from my experience, they produce fantastic TVs, and I even have one of their 4K sets as my main TV. During CES 2018 they have announced two new models, the  FZ800 and FZ950, which will ship in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes. Both these sets are 4K, OLED and HDR-compatible, with the HDR standard being the relatively new HDR10+ but not Dolby Vision. Dolby vision would be nice, but it probably won’t make any difference in the long term. Both TVs come with Panasonic's own HCX processor, which...

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Top 10 4K Blu-Rays Available to buy now.

This year, most TVs that are being released this year are 4K compatible, with higher end models also having HDR(High-dynamic-range) functionality built into them. HDR reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity than is possible with standard digital imaging or photographic techniques. In short, the bright parts of an image can get considerably brighter compared to normal techniques. One of the best TVs to enjoy 4K HDR is the recently released Ultra HD TV Panasonic VIERA TX65DX902B, this is the top of the range model from Panasonic that includes local dimming, which provides the best contrast ratios of the...

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Panasonic DMP-UB900 UHD 4k Blu-Ray Player Preview

Following on from my previous 2 posts about the general 2016 line-up from Panasonic, and a preview of the new DX902 model( TX-65DX902B ), we were briefly shown the new Ultra HD Blu-ray that Panasonic has just launched, the DMP-UB900. It is funny that 4K TVs have been out for quite a while now but generally very limited 4K content. Services such as Netflix have been streaming 4K for a while now, and while it does look great there is obviously some limitation to this, and that is bandwidth. For Netflix to work well with 4k they recommend 25 Megabits...

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Panasonic SC-BTX77 and BTX75 : Blu-Ray Home Cinema

Home Cinema is a big market now, I guess mainly due to the fact it’s so expensive to go to the cinema and with the development of HD video and sound it’s just as good to watch at home that it is to go out and spend a fortune on tickets and sweets. Panasonic have just revealed two new models of Blu-Ray home cinema kit, neither top end or indeed bottom end they certainly are pleasing to the eye and have a couple of nifty features.   Firstly what’s interesting is they are both 2.1 setups (incorporating 2 front speakers and a subwoofer) yet Panasonic say the sound output from them will sound pretty much like a 7.1 setup. How? Apparently it’s all due to the technology inside the speakers and their construction. Even the small subwoofer, which is on the small side in comparison to most Panasonic claims gives “powerful, reverberating bass”.   What’s great aesthetically pleasing is the design and use. The front of the unit has a sliding door which when opened allows the user to insert a disc or dock an iPod. When an iPod is docked, you can play any content from it onto your telly. Other features of both models are “High Precision 4:4:4 and PHL Chroma Processor Plus technology”. In English that basically means it boosts picture quality of your content. The...

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Samsung BD-C8500M Blu-Ray

Quite possibly the best sounding Blu-Ray player at the moment, and you’ll think so too after reading about this “blighty”-fied masterpiece.   The Samsung BD-C8500M is a 3D Blu-Ray player with everything and I mean everything you could possibly want or need in a media playing marvel. Not only will it play your Blu-Rays but inside it has a DVB-T2 tuner, yes thats right a “FREEVIEW HD READY TUNER.” Not only that it’s also packing a 500MB HDD to record it all onto and with the World Cup coming soon there’s no better way to get yourself ready for it with this.   Wait there’s more!! It also can connect to the [email protected] platform. This allows the user to use an on-demand service including BBC iPlayer and that lovely LoveFilm movie streaming service. One can also stream media straight from your desktop,laptop or server(whichever you have) as it has Wi-Fi and is DLNA certified.   Coming Soon, around April/May time we don’t have a price on it yet but I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this despite the fact it should have a hefty price tag to match the weight of...

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Sony BDP-S470/S570 : Blu-Ray

The 3D revolution is now in full swing with companies such as Sony future-proofing and readying its new AV tech ready for our 3D future. We’ve seen the up-coming Bravia TV’s that Sony are coming our way, well now we have some Blu-Ray players to match them.   The BDP-S470 and BDP-S570 will both be 3D compatible the first requiring a future software update and the latter will be compatible straight out the box. Both will achieve this with Active Shutter 3D technology delivering full 1080P HD quality 3D images to your peepers.   Also designed much like its new line of Bravia TVs, these black beauties will be internet enabled. The S470, the obvious entry-level one, will connect via ethernet or can go Wi-Fi with the help of a Sony wireless dongle. The S-570 will do this all by itself. Once connected they can hook up to the Bravia Internet Video service we’ve spoke of before, allowing catch-up TV playback like BBC iPlayer, YouTube  or stream from LoveFilm’s new service. Both can play media from USB but S-570 is DLNA compatible for home network streaming.   Both are arriving sometime this month the BDP-S470 is currently on the US Sony store for $199.99 and the S570 for $249.99....

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Toshiba Fest!! Part 2 : Blu-Ray

It took them a while to face the reality of losing the HD format war but eventually Toshiba buckled and decided to make a foray into the Blu-Ray market. Now we have it’s second blu-ray player on the cards the BDX2100KB, a respectable player on the market with a respectable price tag to boot.   As said it’s respectable but not the best blu-ray player on the market. It’s BD Live compatible but without a Wi-Fi connection you’ll just have to make do with the hard reality of wires. As per it does the full 1080p video output at 24fps and does the usual DVD upscaling. Put all this with Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio which you can output at 7.1. One great feature it does have is MKV support via a USB port which will also play DivX.   On sale in May for £129.99 this will appeal to those who just want a Blu-Ray player a little better than the lowest entries but not “all...

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Blu-Ray Player Fest : LG BD390

More news on yet another Blu-Ray player. We touched on this a couple of months back but now we’ver got some UK details on it. This wireless enabled player allows a WiFi connection to your network so no wired router access is needed for internet connection for all those updates and internet extras your blu-rays may need. Its also DLNA certified meaning you can share media from any other gadget that is also DLNA certified……brilliant eh??   Full Spec : Full 1080p 7.1 sound output Multi Format playback including DivX HD and MKV(brilliant) BD Live Compatible YouTube Browsing WiFi Connection USB port(matched with the file support can watch films straight off an ext HDD) LG said it will be available at the end of this month and will set you back between £250 and...

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Toshiba BDX2000 : Toshiba’s First Blu-Ray

After licking its wounds from the hi-def format battle which Sony obviously won, Toshiba announced recently they would finally swallow some pride and go into Blu-Ray production. Well here it is the BDX 2000 a fully feature packed Blu-Ray player well worth looking into.   Full Specs : Blu-ray playback and DVD upscaling DivX HD and AVCHD support (for camcorder footage) 24fps True Cinema output Support for bitstream audio output via HDMI Blu-ray profile 2.0 software BonusView features and BD Live SD card slot HDMI 1.3 with Regza Link Toshiba have been quoted as saying the BDX2000 will be “available across Europe at the end of this year or beginning of next year, depending on the country.” No price as...

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Have Toshiba buckled : Blu-Ray player due this year!

After Toshiba’s HD-DVD lost the HD format war to Sony’s Blu-Ray, it has finally decided to release a Blu-Ray player. It has been 18 months since the major movie studios decided to stop producing films onto HD-DVD opting for the Sony format.   Toshiba have since been working on upscaling regular outputs to HD quality. Daily Yomiuri a Japanese newspaper, has reported that the electronics giant will be releasing a standalone Blu-Ray player by the end of the year aswell as a Blu-Ray recorder.   Despite the UK CEO claiming that the Blu-Ray format would soon be outdated, blu-ray sales are up 91% in the first half of 2009 alone so they might aswell get into it while the moneys...

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Feature Packed, yet cheap LG BD370 Blu-Ray Player

If you’re looking for a top quality feature packed Blu-Ray player that isn’t a PS3, but don’t want to pay a PS3 price, this could be for you.   On the outside the player is relatively thin and aesthetically pleasing, the inside packs power to load up your blu-rays quickly and in full HD. The player has profile 2.0, and can upscale DVD’s has USB connections and has the ability to pluck your favourite YouTube videos from the net and play them on your telly in SD.   Full Specs : Full HD 1080p Output via HDMI 1080p Up-scaling of Standard DVDs Wide Audio Format Support(Dolby True HD, DTS-HD) BD Live : Enjoy additional movie content via internet YouTube : Free access to YouTube where 15 hours of content is updated every minute LG SIMPLINK Multi-device Control USB 2.0 Strong Circle & LED Indicator HD Movie Playback (H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC codec) Compatible Container Format : *.mkv, *.mp4, *.avi DVD, Audio CD, CD-RW/R JPEG, MP3, WMA DivX Playback Quick Start up & Disc Loading Instant Tray Open Bonus...

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Blu-Ray : MovieIQ coming to BD-Live

Finally BD-Live is going to become useful. Sony is teaming up with Gracenote, those lovely media database peeps that gets all the track info when you put your cd’s in your computer, have brainstormed MovieIQ. Basically its IMDB while you watch your film.   If you want to know who’s who, what they’ve been in before or what music’s on in the background you’ll no longer have to fire up your pc or laptop to find out who or what. It’ll also tell you all sorts of facts and trivia about the film you’re watching.   This should be coming to Sony studio releases from September with new titles like Angels and Demons to the old skool ones like Easy...

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